Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Autumn is Just Another Word for Overload

Simply put, fall snuck up on us. It was so hot for so long we were lulled into laziness. Then poof! frost is on the pumpkin (and everything else), and high gear kicks in. Time to winterize, oh and then there is wood and fences and shelters to attend to. Plows to think of, hay to get in. Any of you living on a farm or ranch or with a garden can understand the urgency with which one welcomes in the most wonderful two seasons of the year. Pretty leaves and fresh pressed cider followed by the reverence of the world (mine at least) shrouded in white and pale grey, muffled and quiet as we have a time to reflect. And there is certainly a lot happening in the world to reflect upon.

And then of course there was the week of Spinzilla, I managed 1830 yards, which for me is a happy total. As much as I love Amelia Joy 2 the wheel, I am still not a fast spinner and will never be, but my yarn did improve and I got some very nice fingering yarn. Here are my humble skeins,

 which have gone to The Web-ster's to give away to those who are inclined to do charity knitting. The shop sponsors hats for Dunn House a local emergency shelter for women and children escaping abuse be it domestic, sexual or date etc.

This was the skein I finished up before Spinzilla started, one of the few I'm keeping for myself.

Once that ended there was just a whole lot of catch up on mundane chores. Last Friday was the year anniversary of my Dad's death.  Can a Friday the 13th get much worse I ask you? We muddled through, maybe it should be puddled through.

All those give-aways minus two mailed out Monday. The two held back I was waiting on addresses, which I have but they missed the big batch. They will leave here this week too.

 I am just about to take this warp off the loom. Five holiday towels for gifts.

I really love this pattern and will do it again, and again. It doesn't have to be in Christmas colors. Oh and looky loo, who wants to learn to weave! ;-)

Another warp is starting on the reel, I'm calling this my bumblebee warp.

Yellow, white and black. I've wanted to do one of these for years and dagnabbit, now is the time. The first bout of 170 ends is just about done. I sold the Harrisville reel to a weaver in Klamath Falls. Hope she loves it.

The ever rotating road crew has been out all the days I didn't have to go to town. This is the usual group. Jack, Hazel and Mandy.

Speaking of Mandy she has found a toy to call her own,

these Nylabone fake rawhide bones. I bought one and when she called dibs on it, I bought 3 more. She seems to feel all of them are hers. Don't mess with the Little Red Queen's bones, just ask Jack!

 Dogs must be the original hoarders.

Speaking of walks, some of my most loved birds are back now that the seasonal interlopers are gone. Mountain Chickadees, beautiful Chestnut Backed Chickadees, Red Breasted Nuthatches and a first this year a White Breasted Nuthatch. The little Pine Siskin's have taken over the thistle feeder. Our Junco's are back and the Stellar Jays and Ravens make themselves known throughout the day with the calls and caws. We spied bear scat, in our back yard and across the road on one path. The foxes have returned to pillage dropped seed and raw egg handouts. There is a pair. It is too early for mating so I suspect they are siblings just sprung from their mothers protection to make or break it this first winter. The raccoons are here but not as often seen as when Momma had the 3 terrors with her. They may have a different denning place for winter. The deer are gone, the stupid hunters are back. Sigh.

There have been a few little treats these past couple of weeks, some fun fabrics.

You do know I like mushroom and hedgehog fabrics right? And this little treat came home with me when I dropped my yarn off at the Web-ster's.

 I have the hat kit too and am going to try to knit both of them up this winter. HA!

Four hours later I'm sneaking in a "Did That Just Happen" because this opinion piece is so well written and finally tells us something about the four soldiers that lost their lives in Niger. My heart goes out to the families, not only for their heavy loss but that it now must be part of the political circus of the so called President.

Parting shots: Weenie in the wild. We had to cross a pretty wide stream to get to this spot!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Spinzilla Week

Yep, it's that time again, spinning on Team Web-ster's. Sewing and weaving are taking a back seat this week while I try to spin as much as I can. This is what I had to pick from.

My starting fiber was a hand dyed superwash merino/tencel blend. Looks like it ended up between lace and fingering weight once plied.

It was a lovely heap of fiber to work with, fast and smooth. Next up I'm starting in on some Ashland Bay Merino Silk blend, one of my favorites and it is a pity they have discontinued this line of fiber.

I'm hoping to get both bags of these lovely fibers spun and plied over the next few days. The only thing I have to do on the immediate horizon is can some pear conserves. Probably later this morning.The house will smell heavenly!

Before Spinzilla started I did manage to get the 10 yard hemp bath towel warp beamed on.

I didn't need DH at all and while my "warping valet" is pretty primitive, it does a good job.

 I need to remember to make my warp bouts a bit smaller though in general.

I also got Spike to the vet for a check up.

He is having some problems with Pancreatitis and is on a special diet right now to help. His appetite and energy level have improved and he'll be going back next week for a recheck. Fingers crossed we see the physical improvement mirrored in his blood work.

My little road warriors have gotten out for a walk every morning.

The group changes but Mandy is always there.  That long back benefits from good muscle tone and the vet tells me daily walks are the best way to go. She loves it and there is always a great discussion as to who the other one or two "warriors" will be. It was Hazel and Robin on Monday.

While there is no sewing going on this week, a new pattern did arrive. This is a vintage pattern that has been copied and updated. Pretty cute I think although I'll have to size it way down for mini Mandy.

The stash has some very nice wool scraps I've saved over the years and will have a go at this in the coming weeks. Oh and I did start in on the linen jacket. Not much done but next week I'll finish it up along with the holiday towel warp on Ziva the Louet David loom.

I think that about covers what's happening (or not happening!), this week. The news, of course, is depressing as hell and I'm just watching it, imagine living some of what's going on.

It all calls for multiple parting shots!
Hot dog with a jack Russell bun.
Baby Scarface

Monday, October 2, 2017

And Yet Again

Another shooting, this time in Las Vegas and while I have a lot of thoughts on this, why I'm really posting is to say that there are over 400 people injured and many of them are going to need blood.
If you can give please, please, now would be a great time.

Even though you may be far away from this latest madness, your blood will allow banks everywhere to send in what they can to the victims of the Las Vegas shooting. It takes hardly any time at all, heck even my 80 year old Mother has regularly given blood all her life and with her O negative universal blood she has been called upon to give in cases of emergency around the Boston area.

You get to lie down and meditate for 20 minutes, and then you are rewarded with cookies, good karma and orange juice afterwards. How easy is that to save a life?

Parting shot: Perspective

Thursday, September 28, 2017

And the Winner's Are.......

For the yarn give-away:

Michelle Lot #1

Jennifer Lot #2

Susan Lot #3

Leigh Lot #4

Lots's 5 and 6 had no takers (I was surprised actually as these are beautiful yarns)

Toby Lot #7

Lot #8 had no takers either

Caroline Lot #9

Elaine Lot #10

For the Weaving book give-away:

Leslie - Collapse Weave

Skturg- Tapestry 101

Becky- Exploring Multishaft Design

Jolly- Shadow Weaves

Jennifer - Designing Woven Fabric

LA- Rag Rug Handbook

Congrats to all who participated. Thank you so much for all YOU do! Here is another link to a round up of ways and places to donate compiled by PBS
Regardless of who won what or anything at all, there is a terrible humanitarian crisis unfolding out in the Atlantic.

Winners, PLEASE send me your mailing addresses and what you won, be it a lot number or book title or both. It would be helpful if the subject line indicated the e-mail contained a give-away address! :-)

There is a link to my e-mail under the complete profile blurb to the right!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Weaver's Edition Book Give-Away

This is the second part of the pay it forward give-away for hurricane and earthquake victims.
The yarn give-away is here and both will be open until Wednesday 9/27/17 and winners announced Thursday. You can enter both or just one. The rules are simple. Leave a comment with your book choice. Books with more than 1 entry will have their own hat drawing. Books that only have one taker, that person will get them. Books with no takers go back into my library. I pay for shipping. I only ask that what ever the book is worth to you, you pay it forward with a donation of time, money or goods to help those in need. Right now there is a lot of misery and devastation in Florida, Texas, Mexico and the Caribbean Islands. If you can donate to some cause working to help people or animals effected in these areas, please, please do. Here is a listing of agencies you can donate too. Of course any donation anywhere is better than none. In the end, please pay it forward as you can and think you for your generosity.

I try to get every item mailed out within two weeks, but I will also need your address. I simply cannot afford to ship out of the USA, so please US address only.

Without further ado, here are the books for give-away. All are in very good to excellent condition.

Good luck

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Heartbreakers Harvey, Irma and Maria Give-Away

If they named earthquakes, the one that hit Mexico City would be up there too.

I can't think of a better time to have a bountiful pay it forward give-away! There is so much devastation going on in the world right now that even the unimaginative can find a needy cause . Usually I ask you give local but this time the need is so great in Texas, Florida and especially the islands like Puerto Rico, I'm asking you look for charities that are targeting those places. Pick one, pick all, (there is enough misery to go around right now), but please lucky winners, pay it forward in some charitable way.

Here is a listing of agencies you can donate to for any and all of the multiple disasters. Please give as generously as you can. It'll make you feel good I promise! Lending a helping hand always does.

Now onto the yarns. There are 10 batches, leave a comment with first and second choice. I will draw 10 names from the hat, or maybe Mandy will. It might be a group effort involving treats, who knows, but there will be 10 winners. If your first choice is still available, you win that! If only your second choice is still available, you win that! And if none of your choices is available you win the next available yarn bundle number! Example, your picks of 1 and 6 are taken, and #'s 4 and 5 are taken but #2 is still available and that is now the bundle you have won. Clear as mud no doubt, but hey, it is free yarn and some very nice ones at that!

Drawing ends Wednesday morning. Winners will be announced Thursday. I pay for shipping (US shipping only), but please be prepared to send me your mailing address and lot number all in one e-mail. It makes it easier when I'm packing to NOT have to cross reference everything. I try to send all the lots out in a reasonable time frame, with in two weeks.  I'm usually successful too.

There is a second give-away here. Some coveted weaving books, so weaver's if you are looking for some OOP titles, I might have something you want. You can enter both give-aways or just one.I don't care if you have won a bundle in a previous give-away and if you don't want to enter but still feel moved to donate, bless you, bless you, bless you! Without further ado, here are the Yarn Lots!

Beautiful ombre wool yarn

Mostly Alpaca

Make it Green Please!

Soft and fuzzy mohair content

super soft singles

Super squishy

Mohair content

Bulky and soft.

Mixed bag, Rowan and Jamieson

Very soft 

Good Luck!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Things to Do When You Have a Cold

Over the weekend Gene's cold turned into my cold. God I hate colds and this one has laid us both pretty low. I'm still stuffy and froggy sounding but am feeling a bit better day by day.

I have managed to get together a new warping reel.

This is a reel from Gilmore and yes, it has a brake. A very nice brake!

I like this set up better than a vertical reel. I can sit and wind without excessive reaching. I always had trouble getting a workable height with the Harrisville reel. Look for that to appear for sale at some point and if someone is interested in it contact me via e-mail.

That is a Christmas towel warp. Bet you couldn't tell huh?

Here is the pattern from WEBS. I have to be honest, I like ready made drafts.

 Maybe I'm lazy, but I never felt it as a burning desire to design my own drafts. That doesn't mean I follow the drafts 100% but I like that starting point as ignoble as it is.

Knitting has also been on the list of doable activities while sick.

As has football

I caught the Pats game earlier in the day....Go Pats!

and cuddling with my peeps so to speak. A grand little bunch of nursemaids and heated bricks.

The other thing I've done is get together bundles of yarn

and a few choice weaving books for a give-away. This will be a pay it forward deal like always. More next post likely over the weekend.

 I want to mention how utterly embarrassed I was by that asshat occupying the White House today at the U.N. Imagine what the world at large must think of a man who needs to hurl silly monikers at another countries leader like this is a junior high tiff? OMFG. Mr. Mueller, please hurry up.

Parting shot: Doe eyed Hazel Rose.